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Oklahoma and the Energy Transition - OGS Workshop 2022


The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) is hosting a workshop on the role of Oklahoma in the national energy transition. Since before statehood, Oklahoma has been one of the most consequential regions for energy production globally, and today its economy is still deeply connected to extractions of energy minerals. The workshop will explore opportunities and challenges specific to Oklahoma and the midcontinent region presented by the national mandate for an energy diverse, lower-carbon future.  

The workshop will cover emerging opportunities in Oklahoma including carbon sequestration, geostorage, geothermal energy, and critical mineral exploration. Additionally, the workshop will also include lessons learned for managing produced water and navigating earthquake hazards in the last decade.  Morning and afternoon session will be followed by an open panel discussion with the presenters.

Throughout the entire workshop, we will have relevant core on site with self-guided displays, as well as a student poster session. 


Morning Session (8:45AM to 12:00PM)

8:00-8:45        Doors Open – Core Layout Available All Day

8:45-9:30             “Oklahoma Energy: The State of the State” [Nick Hayman, OGS                                                                & Carl Symcox]




9:30-10:00           “Use of Hydrocarbon Wells System to Harness the Geothermal                                 Potential of Oklahoma Sedimentary Basins: Opportunities for                                 Energy Transition and Workforce Development” [Saeed Salehi, OU])


10:00-10:30     Coffee Break and Poster Session

10:30-11:00           “Navigating earthquake hazards in the intraplate: the last                                            decade as a guide for the next decade” [Jake Walter, OGS]




11:00-11:30            "Planning for the Water / Energy Nexus in Oklahoma" [Owen                                        Mills, OWRB]


11:30-12:00       Morning Panel Discussion

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch

Afternoon Session (1:00PM to 5:00PM)

1:00-1:30             “Integrating Induced Seismicity with Fault Interpretation at the                                 Decatur, IL CCS Projects” [Sherilyn Williams-Stroud, ISGS]




1:30-2:00             “H2 Storage in Salt Formations: A Texas Perspective” [Lorena                                 Moscardelli, BEG]


2:00-2:30             “Geological Carbon Sequestration in Oklahoma: From Source to                                 Sink” [Fnu "Ming" Suriamin, OGS]


2:30–3:00        Coffee Break and Poster Session

3:00-3:30             “Lessons Learned from Galvanic Energy’s Smackover Lithium                                 Brine Prospect” [Garrett Powell, Galvanic Energy]



3:30-4:00             “Rare Earth Elements in Sedimentary Phosphate: Solution to                                 the Global REE Crisis?" [Pat McLaughlin, ISGS]




4:00-4:30             “Overview of Cobalt Potential in Western Oklahoma’s                                 Strataform Copper Deposits and an Assessment of the REE                                 Potential in the Woodford Shale” [Andrew Cullen, Big Hill                                 Adventures]

4:30-5:00         Afternoon Panel Discussion


When: Wednesday, November 16, 2022  -  technical program, student poster session (see details below), and core viewing

Where: Moore Norman Technology Center - South Penn Campus. 13301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73170 (click to view map)

**Please note: We will make every effort to record each presentation and post these on our website within two weeks following the workshop.

Hotel Block

We have secured a group rate at the SpringHill Suites Oklahoma City Moore for $94 per night. Please click here to reserve your hotel room before October 15, 2022. 


PDH/CEU Information

This workshop has been approved for 8 PDH (0.8 CEU) by AIPG - the American Institute of Professional Geologists. If you are interested in this option, you can indicate this when you register and we will be in touch about the details.

There will be a minimal fee of $50 to cover administrative activities for those seeking credits and a certificate. 

Student Poster Session

We encourage students who would like to attend the workshop to bring and a poster to share with other attendees. Students who share a poster will be able to attend the full workshop for free. Be sure to select this option when you register for the event. Easels, firm boards (maximum size 42" x 60"), and pins will be available to display your poster throughout the event.



Registration is open! The Early-Bird rate has ended as of October 16, 2022.

  • Normal registration: $300
  • Student registration: $75
  • Student registration presenting a poster: $0 (free)

Click here to complete the registration form and credit card payment.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're interested in sponsoring our workshop, please contact Molly Yunker ( to discuss options for table space and free registrations.